All websites require certain files for them to function. These files could refer to configuration files, external scripts, and command lines, or simple things like text files, gif files, or video and audio sources. They are all stored in what we call web servers. To access them, you will need a special kind of protocol called File Transfer Protocol.
File Transfer Protocol
You’ve probably heard about FTPs or File Transfer Protocols. These refer to certain protocols used for transferring files between hosts over the internet. Unlike ordinary downloading and uploading procedures through web browsers, FTPs use special applications called FTP clients to accommodate the transfer. This way, huge volumes of files may be transferred with ease and with more security. FTP clients can be downloaded for free on the internet.
In order to connect to a remote web server, FTPs require the latter’s FTP address which usually appears in the following format: ftp.domain.com. This is a dedicated channel designed especially for FTP transfers that is why faster transfer rates can be achieved using FTPs. This is an important factor in web hosting since webmasters who design their own websites will have to rely mainly on FTP for their site.
Uses of FTPs
As said earlier, FTP plays an important part in web hosting. Here are some of the uses for FTPs and FTP clients:
- Web Development – Traditional web development requires the use of standalone web development tools. Here, you design your web pages on your own computer and then upload it to your web server for publishing. The number of files you will need for your site may vary depending on the nature of the site you wish to make. The only way you can transfer these large volumes of files to your web server is by FTP. Without it, there’s just no way you can publish your custom-made website.
- Site Backup and Recovery – There is no guarantee that servers will be up 100% of the time. In case of crashes, your site could also suffer data losses. On the other hand, your site’s records may also be compromised by hackers. In these cases, you will need to restore your site’s configurations and records to an earlier date. To do this, you need to back up your files and settings on your site and download them to your desktop computer using FTP.
FTP account with iPage
Not all web hosting providers give its users their own FTP accounts. In these cases, account owners will have to use external FTP clients. With iPage, some hosting packages are already bundled with FTP services, so when you purchase your iPage plan, make sure to check for additional FTP services. This is more convenient since iPage will be the one to setup and configure your FTP account. To use your free FTP account, you will need these information:
- User ID and Password – with iPage, there is no need to memorize multiple login information and passwords (which nowadays become really hard to manage). Pursuant to iPage’s single-access policy, the login information and passwords for all iPage services are the same. No need to register new usernames and passwords. This makes it much easier to manage your iPage hosting account.
- FTP address of iPage – of course to be able to access iPage’s servers, you will need its FTP address. This is what your FTP client will need to transfer files. iPage’s ftp address is ftp.ipage.com.
Most of these FTP clients are free so all you need to do is find and download them on the internet. The following FTP clients work well with iPage: CuteFTP, WS_FTP, FlashFXP, FileZilla, SmartFTP and FTP Voyager.